I’m having one of Those Days. There are many types of Those Days. This is type IV.b: a day in which you are suffering from the fact that you seemed to have been missing your brain yesterday.
On my list of things to do today:
- Start cultures from patches of bacterial cells
- Make patches from yeast streaks
- Sporulate yeast cultures
Why I will not be doing these things:
- Left plate on my bench overnight instead of putting it into the incubator
- “Grew” cultures in the wrong media (“Grew” because, in fact, nothing grew)
Fortunately, I have many other things to do today, but I am now a day behind on those other things. I can’t really afford to have days where my brain is not plugged in, but when you’re dealing with Major Burnout being brainless is sometimes a fact of life. On the whole, it could have been much worse. I could’ve contaminated the whole lab with radioactivity or something, right? Or perhaps spilled the protein I just spent days purifying or similar. Of course, I wasn’t doing either of those things yesterday (and that’s probably a good thing).